Project location: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA
Project start and end dates: September 2018 – March 2019
BEFARe team under the banner of GEMMO – which is a spin-off and sister organization of BEFARe – conducted final performance evaluation of the Pakistan Transition Initiative (PTI) program – implemented by USAID / Pakistan’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in 23 districts / agencies of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) i.e. in FATA (Kurram, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Orakzai, North Waziristan, and South Waziristan agencies and Frontier Regions (FRs) of D.I. Khan, Kohat, LakiMarwat, Peshawar, Tank, and Bannu) and in KP (Bannu, Hangu, LakiMarwat, Lower Dir, Malakand, Swat, Upper Dir, Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar and Tank districts). The program supported the Government of Pakistan (GoP) by means of small and short term grants to improve infrastructure and service delivery in education, health and economic growth sectors. Over its 11- year history, the program had implemented over 3,000 infrastructure and non-infrastructure activities.
Under the intervention, BEFARe team under the banner of GEMMO, conducted a total of 4,194 household interviews from a total of 233 communities in the target areas using random survey method (approximately 70 percent (2,796) of the sample were men and 30 percent (1,398) were women. These interviews were conducted in person at respondents’ residences and consisted of a mixture of close ended and open ended questions.
Under the project, BEFARe team also conducted a total of 40 group discussions with the targeted communities of former FATA and KP for qualitative analysis of the data and to triangulate survey findings. Each group was comprised of four to six community members and focused on themes related to the Pakistan Transition Initiative (PTI) program.
Apart from group discussions and household survey, BEFARe team also conducted approx. 160 Key Informant Interviews (KII’s) with relevant stake holders for their valuable input on the overall program, its achievements and recommendations for future improvement. The overall objective of the whole intervention was to undertake the final performance evaluation of the program to (a) assess the extent to which the program successfully achieved its primary objectives, (b) identify which program components were most successful to achieving those objectives, and (c) document how the program objectives contributed to longer-term engagement between the GoP and the communities.